Before he gave his body and blood on the cross for the salvation of the world, Jesus gave his body and blood to his disciples in the form of bread and wine, instructing them to continue this practice in memory of him. Like the Lord providing water and manna in the desert, Jesus provides food and drink to sustain us, taking it one step further by transforming it to his own Body and Blood.
The readings today not only remind us that God has provided us with food to strengthen and sustain us, but that this food is unfamiliar and unique. Moses points out that the manna the Lord provided in the desert was “unknown to you and your fathers.” Jesus tells the crowds that the food and drink he provides is his flesh and blood, previously unknown to be food at all. As we receive the Eucharist let us appreciate the uniqueness of this true food.
It is my great joy to know we will worship together in a week. Please remember to sign up via internet using Sign Up Genius, or if you don’t have an easy access to it, by calling to the rectory office. Please be aware that we have new requirements, implemented by the Archdiocese of Chicago that we must follow in order to hold mass in the church. Those new requirements are listed below.
- Reserve your mass attendance at Sign Up Genius. If we have your e-mail on file, you will receive an e-mail invitation. You must open the e-mail to get onto Sign Up Genius. Reserve your space at your desired mass time, and then reply by clicking on the Sign Me Up button and Submit. If you do not have access to a computer, please call the office (708-366-0839).
- You may only enter through the middle doors on Elgin.
- A Greeter will meet you at the front of the church where your name will be checked on our Mass List.
- Everyone entering the church MUST wear a mask and keep it on during the mass. (If you do not have a mask, you may ask the Greeter for one, but please remember to wear one in the future).
- If you are ill or have symptoms of illness, please do not attend mass.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in the vestibule. Please use it or ask a Greeter to spray your hands with hand sanitizer.
- Once you have checked in, an Usher will guide you to the next available seat. The seating is spaced 6 feet apart. Families living in the same domicile are allowed to sit together in one pew. You must wait for an Usher to guide you to a seat.
- Please be prompt! A Greeter will stay in the church vestibule for 15 minutes after mass starts, then the doors will be locked and there will be no entry.
- Communion – listen for instructions from Father Stan. An Usher will spray your hands with hand sanitizer while you are in line for Communion.
- All worshippers must return to their seats after Communion – no early exit. You must wait for Mass to be over before you leave.
- When the service is over, all worshippers will exit the church through either the Harrison Street or the Parking Lot exits following the blue arrows on the floor in front of the first pew. Please wait for an Usher to tell you when your pew is ready to exit.
Please know that though these new rules may be difficult to follow, they have been put in place for the safety of everyone.
God bless you,